Our new YA imprint wasn't drawn up on a cocktail napkin, but rather Jotham heard the voice of his niece Lindsay nagging him to read the Hunger Games. She nagged him for three years (she’s a relentless little knucklehead) and finally he relented, and his YA reading life began. Flash forward a few years and he hatches the imprint and Sheehan book prize named in honor of his great aunt Helen Sheehan, who paid most of his way through college, and then recruits Inkwood bookseller and contest idea and then recruits Inkwood bookseller, and YA know-it-all Amanda Hurley to lead the new imprint to discover the next great YA voice. The elephant reading an orange book came later.
Please review the guidelines and submit your novel for consideration. Our shrewd judges will pick a winner and help launch the author and book. Like all our titles, we’ll put all our knowhow and muscle behind the winner. Good luck.
So what are we looking for? Tough question. Good writing? Rather, we’ve listed below Amanda’s favorite books in the category. Good luck.
•The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
•Fault in Our Stars and/or Paper Towns by John Green
•Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
•Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft
•The Marbury Lens by Adam Smith, This book is great, but disturbing
•The Legend series by Marie Lu, One of a few good dystopian series out there, following after Hunger Games.
Submission Period Closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted. Notifications pending.
Becky Quiroga Curtis is in charge of all things Kids & YA at Books & Books in Miami, FL including buying & author events.
Emil Ostrovski graduated from Vassar College in 2012 with a degree in philosophy. His hilarious and heartbreaking novel The Paradox of Vertical Flight, forthcoming in September 2013, is about a semi-suicidal philosophy student who's absconded with his infant son Socrates on an epic road trip.
Louise Brueggemann reviews young adult and children's books for Kirkus Reviews, teaches at Dominican University's Graduate School of Library Science and is the Children's Services Supervisor at Naperville Public Library in Naperville, Illinois. She was on the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award committee and has served on Best Books for Young Adults and Best Fiction for Young Adults. She has worked in publishing and spent many years as children's book buyer at the Tattered Cover in Denver, Colorado.